Welsh singer and TV presenter Aled Jones has denied allegations of inappropriate behaviour and apologised Sunday (19 November) for any "occasionally juvenile" actions on his part, following reports in the UK tabloid press he had been taken off-air amid a BBC investigation.
A spokesperson for the BBC Songs of Praise star said that claims published by The Sun newspaper – describing inappropriate "messages" sent to an unnamed female – were from more than a decade ago and were not related to his recent work with the British broadcaster.
The BBC declined to comment on the story. Jones' spokesperson said that he had "voluntarily agreed not to go on the BBC whilst the matter is investigated".
A statement read: "Whilst he accepts that his behaviour over a decade ago was occasionally juvenile, as was that of others, he never intended to harass or distress and he strongly denies any inappropriate contact.
"He is, however, deeply sorry for any upset caused and hopes this matter is resolved soon."
According to The Sun, citing a "well-placed source", Jones was taken off air after an allegation involving inappropriate messages came to light.
The newspaper said it was "one of 25 live cases of alleged sexual harassment" at the BBC.
Jones, 46, came to prominence at age 12 after his recording of 'Walking in the Air' – from the Christmas classic The Snowman – shot to the upper realms of the UK music charts.
In 2013, he was awarded an MBE for his ongoing work on music and broadcasting. Jones, a former choirboy, was previously a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing in 2004.
His most recent BBC appearance was a slot on Radio Wales in late October this year. Reports indicate that he will continue to host a Sunday segment on Classic FM.